Previous Events

This is the diary of previous special events, courses, field trips and holidays.

The background colour of the date is used to show different types of meeting. Green is used for BDS and BDS Local Group organised field meetings and events, Blue where the BDS will have a stand or speaker(s), but is not responsible for the event itself (please follow any given links for further details) and Yellow for other dragonfly events. These last are listed for information only, using information as it was provided to us. The BDS is not directly involved in these events and therefore all details are solely under the control of the individual event organisers. We suggest you contact these organisers direct or follow the given links to confirm details.

  • Sunday 29th April 2012
    Stover Country Park and Little Bradley Ponds, Devon
    Event:

    Looking for early Hairy Dragonflies

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:00 a.m. at the visitor centre (SX833751; entrance off A382 to Newton Abbot, 300m from A38, 10 miles from M5), moving to Little Bradley after lunch and
    finishing at 4:00 p.m.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, wellies and close-focus binoculars. Pay and display car park at Stover.

    Additional Info:

    A chance to look for early Hairy Dragonflies and to dip for larvae, plus exuviae collection and identification.

  • Saturday 19th May
    Pensthorpe, Norfolk
    Event:

    Wild about the Wensum

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Event at Pensthorpe, Norfolk  (home of BBC Springwatch 2008-2010). Visit the BDS stand at this event that promotes environmental and community charities along the River Wen-sum Valley.  Further details via http://www.pensthorpe.com - Admission to Pensthorpe on the day is free, but a car park charge will raise money for dragonfly projects.

  • Saturday 19th May 2012
    Aqualate Mere, Newport, Staffordshire
    Event:

    Aqualate Mere Spring Ramble

    Contact:

    Mel Brown Email: mel.brown@naturalengland.org.uk Tel: 01952 812111 for booking and where to meet

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    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    An energetic ramble (4 miles) around Aqualate Mere, the largest of the glacial lakes in the West Midlands. Features of interest will include spring birds, flowers including bluebells and insects. Meet at the NNR public car park. This is a Natural England event where there is a good possibility of seeing lots of dragonflies.

  • Saturday 19th May 2012
    Hawes Water and Leighton Moss
    Event:

    Looking for possible signs of Hairy Dragonfly

    Contact:

    Colin Adams  - Contact by email or tel: 01772 498247.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    We will meet at Silverdale Railway Station at 10:15 (arrival time of the train from Lancaster and the south). A circular walk of approximately 3 miles will take us to Hawes Water, where a Hairy Dragonfly was seen in 2009, then on to Leighton Moss Trowbridge LNR. If there is still time, those who wish may go on to Bank Well, which is about another mile each way.

    Requirements:

    Booking is essential as the meeting is limited to 20 people.  Bring a packed lunch.

    Additional Info:

    Entrance to Leighton Moss is free for members of the RSPB, or to anyone travelling by public transport (retain your ticket).  Others will need to pay £5.00 (£3.00 for concessions).

  • Sunday 20th May 2012
    Leven Canal, East Yorkshire
    Event:

    The Hairy Dragonfly's Yorkshire stronghold

    Contact:

    Paul Ashton, 01430 803005

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Sandholme Bridge, 10:30am, at TA100450, park along Carr Lane and walk to the bridge, please respect residents access when parking.

    Requirements:

    Bring packed lunch, binoculars and wear appropriate footwear.

    Additional Info:

    Opportunity to see Hairy Dragonfly in its Yorkshire stronghold. This will involve a four mile walk to reach and view the best part of the canal for this species.

  • Sunday 20th May
    Wheatfen Nature Reserve, Norfolk
    Event:

    Dragonflies for Beginners workshop

    Contact:

    David Nobbs, Wheatfen Warden – Tel 01508 538036

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wheatfen Nature Reserve (http://www.wheatfen.org). Full details of the workshop will be available when book-ing. The day will start at10.00am and run until approximately 3.00pm.

    Requirements:

    Booking essential.  A charge of £20 will be made for this course.

    Additional Info:

    Dragonflies for Beginners workshop led by Dr Pam Taylor.  An indoor session on general identification, behaviour and life cycles will be followed by an afternoon in the field, weather permitting. Alternative activities may be possible in poor weather.

  • Saturday 26th May 2012
    Chartley Moss National Nature Reserve
    Event:

    Bouncing Bogs & Dragonflies

    Contact:

    Mel Brown at mel.brown@naturalengland.org.uk 01952 812111 for booking and where to meet.

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    Meet:
    Requirements:

    Booking (and Wellingtons!) essential.

    Additional Info:

    A joint meeting with Natural England and the BDS. A tour of this amazing floating peat bog with a chance to observe the rare White-faced Darter in its most southerly known location in Britain!  Two sessions 11am- 1pm & 2pm- 4pm.

  • Sunday 27th May 2012
    Hurst Grange Park and Priory Meadow
    Event:

    Dragonfly walk

    Contact:

    Colin Adams - Contact by email or tel: 01772 498247.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    We will meet at the car park on Hill Road, Penwortham, at 11:30, and look round the ponds in Hurst Grange Park, for maybe an hour.  Then we will walk to Priory Meadow (about 1 mile) to look for Broad-bodied Chasers.  If coming by public transport, buses will stop on request outside Penwortham library, from where you can see a sign pointing to Hurst Grange Park.

    Requirements:

    Booking is essential, as meeting is subject to cancellation in bad weather, and the visit Priory Meadow will be limited to 12 people. No lunch break is planned.

    Additional Info:

    We will be looking for Broad-bodied Chasers and other spring species.

  • Sunday 3rd June 2012
    Grand Western Canal, Devon
    Event:

    Looking for Scarce Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly and maybe Hairy Dragonfly.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire  Tel: 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.00 a.m. at Ebear Bridge, Westleigh (ST060163): take A361 from M5 at junction 27; in 500m take slip road (signpost Tiverton Parkway); turn right at first and right at second roundabouts; follow minor road for 2 miles until alongside straight section with canal on left; park before canal bridge. The meeting will end at lunchtime.

    Requirements:

    Close-focus binoculars will be helpful.

    Additional Info:
  • Thu 7th - Sat 9th June 2012
    Wadebridge, Cornwall
    Event:

    Royal Cornwall Show

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    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    The British Dragonfly Society/Cornwall Dragonfly Group will be sharing a stand with Butterfly Conservation

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